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None of South Dakota’s public universities are planning to require masks in the fall semester. Instead, they’re strongly encouraging masks by setting an example through social media and other platforms. 

South Dakota Fire Meteorologist's Wildfire Concerns

Jun 29, 2020

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A relatively calm 2018 and 2019 has some South Dakotans less aware of the risk of wildfires in the Black Hills and the western part of the state. As we head into a hot July, what's the wildfire outlook? Today we welcome Darren Clabo, Ph.D., to the program. Darren is a research scientist at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and the state's fire meteorologist.  

Earth Day & Future Tech

Apr 22, 2020

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Jan 22, 2020

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Where Do We Go from Here? is a program that explores community solutions and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is known for tackling real-world projects. 

This week on the program, join Chuck in-studio or online as we learn about the SDSM&T 2020 Engineering/Science Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program, and how students are partnering with local non-profit community organizations to solve real problems and strengthen the well-being of our communities.

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Researchers at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are looking at new chemical-free treatments for cancer.  The School of Mines has been researching the efficacy of using cold plasma to destroy cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact.

Dr. Prasoon Diwakar is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the School of Mines. He says their goal is to come up with a more effective and less toxic treatment option.

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The South Dakota School of Mines is teaming up with the US Forest Service to clean, prepare and catalogue fossils collected over 30 years. The collaboration is part of the the Passport in Time Project, a conservation program intended to find and preserve paleontological and archeological specimens on federal land.

Dr. Barbara Beasley is one of only two paleontologists working for the Forest Service.  She works out of Chadron and manages paleontological projects in the northern half of the United States. 

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Artist Jason Kofke will discuss perceptions of change, philosophies of uncertainty, and how what we might expect in the future may not always be the outcome that is predictable, during Tuesday's STEAM Cafe presentation at Hay Camp Brewing in Rapid City.

Kofke is a visiting artist at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He joins In The Moment to talk about his exhibit at the Apex Gallery and an expedition to villages deep in the Sahara Desert of eastern Mauritania, Africa.


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The latest installment of the National Climate Assessment was released Friday. It offers dire warnings regarding the impact of a changing climate on everything from agriculture to a greatly expanded wildfire season.

Findings from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology-led Regional Climate Assessment Workshop are included in the national report.

William Capehart leads the Atmospheric Science Program at SDSM&T.

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When you hear Dick Beardsley's story, you might suspect he isn't quite mortal. That is, until you realize he is as painfully human as the rest of us. His is a story of hardship, hope, survival and redemption.

A Minnesota native, Beardsley is one of the top American distance runners of all time. 

The best-selling author and motivational speaker gives talks on Monday at Black Hills State University (10:00 a.m.) and Tuesday at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

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Keith Knight joins In the Moment host Lori Walsh for a conversation about everything from the role of cartoonists in today's America to the blockbuster move "Black Panther."

Keith Knight visits the Black Hills for a public presentation at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He's brought to town by the student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NBSE) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

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A new program is giving Rapid City high schoolers a taste of the manufacturing industry. The partnership between Stevens High School and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is being called a modern revival of shop class.

The design for manufacturing partnership began when School of Mines mechanical engineering instructor Aaron Lalley met Stevens High School teacher Jason Reub through a manufacturing summer camp a few years ago. Lalley says Reub was already bringing some manufacturing skills into his classroom, and the partnership seemed natural.

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Kelsey Murray is a PhD candidate and adjunct professor at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She is also the owner of the consulting firm Crossover Biomedicals. Her study found new testing methods to assess the public health risk from fecal contaminated waters by singling out and testing for genes associated with harmful forms of E. coli, including Shiga-toxigenic E. coli (STEC). 

Murray’s research included over 1000 DNA extractions from bacteria in water samples taken out of Rapid Creek and the Big Sioux River over a two-year period. 

Eighth-District State Representative Matthew Wollman has resigned his seat, days after admitting to sexual contact with two Legislative interns. Governor Daugaard says it's the right move and he'll work to appoint replacement.

President Donald Trump has nominated South Dakota School of Mines President Dr. Heather Wilson as Secretary of Air Force. Wilson graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1982, worked under President George H. W. Bush on National Security Council, and represented New Mexico in the US House for 11 years. 

Sioux Falls Development

Cara Hetland hosted a panel discussion about innovation in South Dakota. On the panel: 

Rich Naser, President of the University of South Dakota Discover District and Executive Director of the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship;  

Joni Johnson, Executive Director of South Dakota Biotech. She oversees advocacy, communication, education and membership services representing more than 50 members in industries spanning from food and agriculture to human health and renewable energy;

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Associate Professor Phil Ahrenkiel has been awarded a $179,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to research next-generation solar cells. Dr. Ahrenkiel will develop a novel approach to using earth-abundant metal aluminum to improve commercializable photovoltaic solar cells for low-cost renewable energy.

High Hopes For DUNE At Sanford Lab

May 16, 2016

Scientists from across the country gather at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology this week to talk about an upcoming experiment at the Sanford Lab. The project is called DUNE.

DUNE isn’t only an award winning sci-fi novel, but also an acronym. It stands for deep underground neutrino experiment. The project is a collaboration between Sanford Lab and Fermilab.

The South Dakota Engineering Accelerator has received a $100,000 innovation grant to create and pilot a new program.  The Accelerator, based at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, is part of the Enterprise Institute.  The goal is to identify early-stage engineering projects and then commercialize the technologies into viable businesses.  Tom Eitreim, manager of the Accelerator program, detailed the program on Innovation Friday.  Host Cara Hetland was also joined by several Accelerator participants as they described their concepts.

Military Academy Day At S.D. School Of Mines

Sep 14, 2015
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Representatives from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force Academies were in Rapid City last weekend at the invitation of US Senator Mike Rounds. SDPB’s Jim Kent attended “Military Academy Day” at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He spoke with academy representatives, high school students and parents about the decision to combine the rigors of the military with a college education.

Direct-Write Printable Spacecraft

Aug 6, 2015

NASA has awarded the $750,000 EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) grant to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to develop "direct-write printable spacecraft," which are thin, lightweight sheets that can land on planets, gather information and send the information back to the ship that released them.  The printable spacecraft can go into areas that humans cannot access - like inside a volcanic crater.  Dr.

Dakota Midday: Cold Spray Technology

May 21, 2015

Charles Widener, Director of the Arbegast Materials Processing and Joining Lab at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, discussed Cold Spray Technology which was developed at the school.  It received funding from the Defense Department and from the South Dakota office of economic development.  Cold Spray Technology is used to repair metal, like on airplanes or large machines.

Engineers And Scientists Abroad

May 13, 2014

Some students at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City have found they can have an impact on the world before they receive their diploma.  Since the fall of 2006, members of the student organization Engineers and Scientists Abroad, or ESA, have taken the expertise and training learned in the classroom to such countries as Chile, Suriname, Haiti and Bolivia.  Carl Holloman is a sophomore who was part of an ESA team that went to Peru in March.  Tony Kulesa is a graduate student who leaft for Mongolia Monday.  Karl Gehrke visited with the students last week.

Refurbishing B-1 Bombers

Apr 7, 2014

Last month the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Ellsworth Air Force Base signed an agreement formalizing a relationship for collaborative projects such as the application of a revolutionary research technology to refurbish aging bombers. The university's partnership with Ellsworth has already helped return four B-1s to service and could save the military millions of dollars.

Heather Wilson, SDSM&T's New President

Jun 25, 2013

Heather Wilson is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing New Mexico's 1st congressional district from 1998 to 2009. She was the first female military veteran elected to a full term in congress. Wilson was also New Mexico's Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2012 but lost in the general election. She discussed her career and her path that led her to her new position at SDSM&T as well as the school's future.

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They’re not really saber-tooths, and they’re not really cats, but they’re related. They’re Nimravids, and researchers have discovered they fought one another viciously. These creatures now have an exhibit all to themselves at the Museum of Geology at the School of Mines and Technology. For today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks talks with two scientists about the mysteries exposed when fossils are uncovered.

Tech Plane Flies Better Than A Rock

May 20, 2013

A small team of students and professors at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology made history this spring when they successfully launched and landed a concrete model airplane.  The effort was part of a senior design project that included input from both civil and mechanical engineers. SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has more on today’s Dakota Digest.

Forest Biorefineries Book

May 3, 2013

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray interviewed Lew Christopher, Director of the Center for Bioprocessing Research and Development.  Christopher, a professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, has written a new book, "Integrated Forest Biorefineries: Challenges and Opportunities," in which he outlines ways that current paper mills and sawmills can be retooled to use their own waste to create biofuel.

Dinosaur Discovery

Mar 6, 2013

Dr. Clint Boyd of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and his team have discovered a new species of herbivorous dinosaur.  Last week, they published the first fossil evidence of prehistoric crocodyliforms feeding on small dinosaurs.  The evidence was found in what is now known as the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern Utah and dates back to the late Cretaceous period.  Boyd talked about the find and research on Wednesday's Dakota Midday.

Mines Medal Awarded to Dr. Diana Wall

Sep 25, 2012

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is about to award it’s 2012 “Mines Medal.”  This year’s award goes to an expert on soil ecology and the impacts of climate change.

Dr. Diana Wall is the director of the Colorado State University School of Global Environmental Sustainability.  Her research includes a look at tiny bugs that live in soil everywhere from Africa to Antarctica.  Her work highlights the importance of soil sustainability against the backdrop of climate change and other challenges.

SDSM&T Pauses to Remember President Robert Wharton

Sep 23, 2012

The South Dakota School of Mines is holding a memorial tribute and candlelight vigil  on Monday in remembrance of the school’s president, Dr. Robert Wharton.  Dr. Wharton died unexpectedly early last week.  School of Mines officials say Wharton’s death is related to complications surrounding recent cancer treatment. SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray spent some time on campus speaking with those who knew the president.  He found that Wharton leaves a behind a legacy that is hard to follow.

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To observe Constitution and Citizenship Week, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology invited Rapid City lawyer Patrick Duffy to speak to students. Duffy says Americans are woefully uninformed about their own rights, and that ignorance threatens democracy. For today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks brings us part of that speech and talks with Duffy in his office.